Thursday 31st May 2007 by C. Freeman
Illustrated comic strips, known as manga, took centre stage at this year's Brooke Weston Book week. Students got a chance to see the latest titles, eat Japanese food and even win a Japanese games console during a special 'manga' evening.
Librarian, Charlotte Heppell organised the event as manga books are proving incredibly popular with students. Traditionally printed in black and white they are available in a variety of genres and tend to be read from back to front, right to left, Japanese style. The English department worked closely with the Library all week. Head of Department, Carly Waterman delivered an assembly and the department staff supervised students in many of the planned activities, particularly the Big Quiz and writing seminars.
The Nintendo stand was popular at the Manga evening
Leading manga publisher, Tokyopop visited the College to tell students about their titles. They also gave away free merchandise, and one lucky student won a Nintendo DS console and game after winning a specialist manga quiz.
Students also displayed their manga artwork and prizes were given for the best artwork in different age categories. Students Bronwyn Coleman, Victoria Coppard, Charlotte Hynes, Paul Taylor, Amelia Ryan, Rachael Cross and Rebecca Wyles each received manga drawing kits for their dramatic pictures.
Author, Steve Bowkett
Lizzie Barnes from Tokyopop gave a presentation on forthcoming titles which include the Sorcerers and Secretaries, Eternity and War Angels series. The students also had a chance to eat sushi and wasabi peas washed down with traditional milk-based drink Calpis. Then it was time for the big quiz where Helen Johnson beat all comers to win the much coveted DS console and game.
Lizzie Barnes hosted the evening along with members of staff and it proved very popular with more than 80 Brooke Weston students and four from Corby Community College in attendance.
Another Book Week highlight was author, Steve Bowkett's visit. Mr Bowkett, who has published 41 books, led a writing workshop with Year 10 students and told stories to Year 7 and 8 students about his own experiences as both an English teacher and writer. He said: 'The Year 10 students had some great ideas and amply demonstrated the 'creative attitude' that lies at the heart of writing. With the younger students I was delighted with the way they listened so well to my stories and anecdotes, then asked some very intelligent and searching questions. I was impressed with the way the children knew the 'etiquette' of a storytelling session, good listening without interrupting, getting into the spirit of the tale and generally responding appropriately. It makes all the difference to the success of a session.'
Librarian, Mrs Heppell said: 'This has proved to be an exceptional book week with students and teachers commenting on how much they have enjoyed the events. It is always rewarding to get a real-life author in to get the students thinking creatively and the Tokyopop event highlighted the manga phenomenon which is really taking off in the library. We are ordering lots of new manga books to keep up with students' demands.'